Brazil senators recommend Bolsonaro face charges over COVID

A Brazilian Senate committee recommended on Tuesday that President Jair Bolsonaro face a series of criminal indictments for actions and omissions related to the world’s second-highest COVID-19 death toll. The 7-to-4 vote was the culmination of a six-month committee investigation of the government’s handling of the pandemic. It formally approved a report calling for prosecutors … Read more

Bay Area Health Experts Weigh In After FDA Advisers Back Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids 5 To 11

WASHINGTON (CBS NEWS/KPIX) — Pfizer’s request to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for Americans as young as 5 years old cleared a key regulatory hurdle Tuesday, after a panel of the Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine advisers voted by a majority to back Pfizer’s request.The vote paves the path for 28 million American kids to … Read more

Americans are drinking more during the pandemic – and liver transplants for alcoholic hepatitis are rising

Demand for transplants tied to alcohol-related liver inflammation has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, a trend that corresponds to a surge in heavy drinking.  Both registrations for the national organ transplant waiting list related to alcoholic hepatitis and the number of deceased donor liver transplants for the inflammatory liver condition have been higher than their … Read more

Mercury risk in fish ‘low’ among Indigenous and remote communities, study finds

TORONTO — Indigenous and remote communities that rely on fish for sustenance shouldn’t worry about mercury levels in their food as the benefits of eating the meal outweigh the risks, according to a new study. The study, published recently in the journal Environmental Research, examined 443 blood samples and 276 hair samples from residents across … Read more

Majority of L.A. County businesses in compliance with COVID-19 vaccine verification, masking requirements

If you have ventured out in public places around Los Angeles County over the last few weeks, chances are you’ve had to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine since verification became a county requirement earlier this month. To help ensure the new rules are being followed, health inspectors have been stopping by businesses countywide. Overall, … Read more

Detroit Offers All 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots To Eligible Residents

(CBS DETROIT) – The city of Detroit is offering all three COVID-19 booster shots to those eligible. City residents ages 18 and up who are fully vaccinated and have waited at least six months from their Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months from their Johnson & Johnson vaccine can now receive a booster. READ … Read more

Ancestral remains of six individuals returned to Dokis First Nation by U.S. museum

TORONTO — The ancestral remains of six individuals have been returned home to Dokis First Nation in Ontario by the Field Museum in Chicago, Il., after being kept there for more than a century. In a press release on the repatriation of the remains, Dokis First Nation said that they had worked closely with the … Read more

‘What this community needs’: Pikangikum First Nation opens safe house for families in crisis

TORONTO — A northern Ontario First Nation has opened up a new safe house designed to help its residents heal from abusive and dangerous situations. Pikangikum First Nation, a remote community about 230 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., recently opened the Pikangikum Community Safe House, a multi-unit facility designed to help those in the community … Read more

El Super market chain fined $1.1M over alleged COVID sick leave violations at 38 SoCal stores

A Southern California grocery chain faces more than $1.1 million in fines for allegedly not providing or delaying supplemental paid sick leave to 240 workers who were impacted by COVID-19, state regulators said Tuesday. Bodega Latina, which does business as El Super, was cited again for coronavirus-related violations at 38 markets across the Southland, according … Read more

Health authorities accused of poor communication as more than half of pregnant women forgo vaccine

HEALTH AUTHORITIES ARE being criticised by maternity campaigners, politicians and healthcare professionals for failing to effectively communicate with pregnant women about the Covid-19 vaccine. The health service says it is advising women at any stage of pregnancy to get vaccinated but vaccination rates have remained “lower than expected”, at between 25-40%. The chair of the Institute … Read more